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Bill would keep photos, videos out of public eye



Don’t tell U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson that videos of murders should be kept from the public.

The video of the brutal murder of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson at the hands of security guards at a juvenile boot camp in 2006 prompted Wilson and other lawmakers to close all of the state’s military-style camps.

Now the Florida House and Senate are advancing a measure that would exempt photographs, video and audio recordings from public records laws. The bill would give access to such recordings or photos only to immediate family members of the dead, unless a court rules otherwise.

State legislators were spurred to shut down the boot camps by Martin’s death, which was captured by a security camera and made public after media outlets sued authorities.

“He was beaten to death on CNN, basically, and America watched him,” Wilson, who is now in Washington, said in an interview. “The public also has a part in identifying and helping law enforcement with catching criminals.” Full story here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 5:48pm]


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